One of my favorite radio shows for years has been Car Talk on NPR, which is pretty amusing since I don’t care too
much about cars. However, I enjoy the show so much that I often learn something. (Once I even told my son that unfortunately, his old car had a cracked head gasket based on what I knew from Click and Clack, the Tappert brothers.)
You might wonder where I’m going with this? Two directions at once…
1) One of the fun parts of their website is their Shameless Commerce Division, which segues nicely into the fact that I am shamelessly going to tell you how 7 Sisters Literature Guides can help your teen enjoy his/her combined World History and Literature credits.
2) The point here is ENJOY. Why kill great subjects like Lit and History with boring texts when real books can give a much better look at life and culture of an era?
Here is a suggestion for your homeschool high schooler who wants to combine World History and Literature:
Choose 16 books that reflect cultural eras that capture your teen’s interest (I am assuming that in elementary and middle school he had a good general foundation in history, so can do some specializing in high school.) Have him read those books and complete the appropriate study guide as he goes along, or write a one-page report summarizing or create a project to show what he learned from the book. Here is a suggestion list for World History and Lit combined:
-Practice of the Presence of God with Study Guide (represents the monastic life of the late Renaissance era)
-A Tale of Two Cities with Study Guide (represents the French Revolution)
-Sense and Sensibility with Study Guide (represents the culture of Britain in the early 1800s)
-A Christmas Carol with Study Guide (represents the issues of the Victorian era)
-The Hiding Place (represents some issues of World War II era)
-God’s Smuggler with Study Guide (represents the struggles for Christians in communist lands during the Cold War)
-Born Again with Study Guide (represents the American cultural crises of the late 1960s-1970s)
-Something Beautiful for God with Study Guide (represents the life of Mother Theresa and sacrifice in the 20th century)
Integrated through the reading of the above books, could be:
Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechik (the story of Adam and his descendants)
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe (represents the early church persecutions)
The Defenders by Ann McGovern (represents the class of Native American culture with European culture)
Under God by Toby Mac and Michael Tait (represents the story of God working through Americans since the founding fathers)
Sgt York and the Great War by Tom Skeyhill (from York’s own diaries, fascinating look at rural American life and WWI)
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker (represents 2000 years of missionary history)
This basic list may need to be extended according to the requirements of your umbrella school or state regulations. For reference, click here to see our umbrella school’s requirements.
What are some great history real-books your teen has read?